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Kei Kamara hails fans after Columbus Crew win

Kei Kamara praises Columbus Crew's fans after scoring the winning goal to fire the club to the MLS Eastern Conference final.

Columbus Crew striker Kei Kamara has hailed the club's fans after they secured a spot in the MLS Eastern Conference final with a dramatic 4-3 aggregate victory over Montreal Impact on Sunday.

The former Norwich City striker had earlier missed a penalty before he headed home in the second half of extra-time to secure a 3-1 victory on the night and a first Conference final berth since 2008.

Kamara revealed his delight at being the match winner in the "do-or-die" game, and praised the Columbus fans for creating such an electric atmosphere at Mapfre Stadium.

"My goal was not as big as the goal that [Ethan Finlay] scored because obviously that goal put us back into it," he told the club's website. "It went in and I was running to the side to celebrate with the fans.

"But [I just felt] sort of relief – you cannot have it any other way. That is just how the game is supposed to go right there. The fans, it was a packed house and they enjoyed every minute of that.

"The energy out there today was amazing. We were feeding off the fans and we were pushing ourselves. We did not want to go to penalties, but for us to be at home, we really fed off the crowd tonight. It sounds like an echo in here but we really did and they were amazing, and we knew we were going to go to overtime."

Crew will face New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference final, with the first leg taking place on November 22.


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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atlanta UnitedAtlanta35226773452872
2New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls34225762332971
3New York City FCNY City351681160481256
4DC United341491160501051
5Columbus Crew34149114345-251
6Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia34155144950-150
7Montreal ImpactMontreal34144164753-646
8New England RevolutionNew England341011134955-641
9Toronto34106185964-536
10Chicago Fire3488184861-1332
11Orlando City3484224374-3128

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Kansas CityKansas35198869422765
2Seattle SoundersSeattle341851152371559
3Los Angeles FCLos Angeles34169968521657
4Dallas3416995244857
5Portland TimbersPortland34159105448654
6Real Salt LakeSalt Lake35147145762-549
7Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy34139126664248
8Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver34138135467-1347
9Houston DynamoHouston34108165858038
10Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd34113204971-2236
11Colorado RapidsColorado3487193663-2731
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes3449214971-2221

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